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Learn the Lingo: Egg Edition

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After our Restaurant Edition of Learn the Lingo, we received a lot of questions about eggs, so we’re devoting an entire Learn the Lingo to the original superfood because who doesn’t like eggs and we don’t want you spending forever trying to figure out how to order them.

Eggs Benedict Los Gatos Diner
  • Boiled eggs – they’re the same, although I’ve never seen them on a menu anywhere so not sure how popular they are. You can buy them ready made in bags in the supermarkets though, if that’s your thing.

  •  Eggs Benedicts – this is a whole section on the menu dedicated to different versions of eggs benedict. They will always include the poached eggs and generally the hollandaise sauce but there are often variations involving hash browns or biscuits (these are not rich teas, more like a cross between a scone and dumpling and really yummy), and a whole different host of toppings not just the standard ham, salmon or spinach. Sometimes the biscuit variations include gravy instead of hollandaise.

  • Fertile Eggs – yep, you read that right, they sell fertile eggs! Not in cafes or restaurants mind, but in the supermarket. They are exactly what they say on the box, eggs that have been fertilized. Apparently, these are perfectly safe to eat and some believe they are better for you. You will need to definitely keep these in the fridge, which is where you will find the eggs in America, just in case you are wandering around the aisles looking for them. There are forums dedicated to hatching fertile eggs, so you could always give that a go too if you like. I think I’ll probably stick to the regular ones, and obviously by regular I mean eggs that come from smiley, happy, organic, free range chickens that wear bows in their hair. If you’re interested in whether Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods have better eggs for hatching you can read all about it here.

  • Frittata – Basically an omelette but finished off in the oven, so definitely no runny egg bits if those creep you out.

  • Huevos Rancheros – I’ve not actually had this yet as I cannot step away from my scrambles but they poached or fried eggs served with salsa, corn tortillas, frijoles, and often avocadoes, melted cheese, coriander, sour cream etc. But again, this is like spag bol, everyone has their own version!

Omelette Santa Cruz Diner
  • Omelet – it’s an omelette, minus a few letters but all the same stuff!

  • Omelette Souffle – so an omelette souffle is apparently an omelette that’s been made extra fluffy and baked in the oven for a bit, so basically an extra fluffy frittata.

  • Over Easy – this is a fried egg, but flipped over (which is where the over comes from) and lightly fried on the other side, as in “Easy on the frying”. The yolk remains runny but the whites are more cooked. 

  • Over Hard – same as over easy but fried for longer on the other side to make the yolk kinda hard and broken.

  • Over Medium – same as over easy but fried for a bit longer on the other side.

  •  Poached – not really sure why I included these as poached eggs are poached eggs but I like them and no one thinks you’re a douche when you order them here, or at least if they do, they’re really good at hiding it.

Stacks Breakfast Campbell Scramble
  • Scramble – This is not to be confused with scrambled eggs, I mean it does involve eggs and they are scrambled but it is most definitely not scrambled eggs. A scramble is quite possibly my favourite food right now, if you haven’t guessed by the amount of times you’ve seen me mention them. It’s basically a whole heap of food scrambled together with some eggs (anywhere between 3 and 5 depending on the establishment!) and cheese, not dissimilar to a deconstructed omelette if you want to get all hipster on it. The possibilities are endless, I tend to go for a chorizo one, which will often have onions, chorizo, avocado, salsa and sour cream. They are usually served with hash browns or country potatoes and toast or pancakes. The side of toast or pancakes usually make for a great meal for a toddler or small child and no one bothers if you don’t order them their own food.

  •  Scrambled – These are your bog standard scrambled eggs.

  •  Sunny Side Up – this is basically a fried egg cooked on one side only, yolk still liquid and whites a little runny.

And there you have it, eggs, glorious eggs! Do you have any egg tips for your fellow wanderers including favourite places to get them? Let us know in the comments below.